Relating to National and Regional Government

Toby Harris Associates provides high level strategic advice on how best to relate to national and regional government.

This is based on the experience of Lord Toby Harris over many years in dealing with Government Ministers and Senior Civil Servants.  For example:

– As Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ Social Services Committee (1986-1993), he led for local government in the negotiations with national government on the introduction of care in the community and on the Children Act.

– As Director of the Association of CHCs (1987-1998), he met regularly with Ministers and civil servants on behalf of the Association, and sat on a wide range of Department of Health committees and bodies.

– As Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Safety Panel (1997-1998), he negotiated with the Home Office the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act.

– As Chair of the Association of London Government (1995-2000), he led the discussions each year on the grant settlement for London and was heavily involved in all of the negotiations which led to the Greater London Authority Act.

– As Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (2000-2004), he met the Home Secretary regularly to discuss the policing of London.  Since 2004 he has sat on the Authority as the Home Secretary’s personal representative, regularly meeting Ministers, sitting on the Counter-Terrorism Ministerial Advisory Group, and working closely with civil servants in the Office of Counter Terrorism and Security.


He currently chairs the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody which reports to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody and relates primarily to the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health.  He also Chairs the National Trading Standards Board which is funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Lord Toby Harris has also had extensive experience in local and regional government.  He led a London Borough Council for twelve years, chaired the Association of London Government (now London Councils), was a Deputy Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, and sat on the Executives of the Local Government Association and the Association of Police Authorities.  He was a member of the London Assembly from 2000 to 2004, when he sat on the Mayor’s Advisory Cabinet and led the Labour Group.

He is also, of course, an active member of the House of Lords, where he chairs the Labour Peers and is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.